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Meet the Student Ambassadors

Notre Dame Law School’s Student Ambassadors are current 2Ls and 3Ls who are excited to offer their unique insight into our community. If you have questions about the student experience at NDLS, feel free to email them at lawadmit@nd.edu. To contact a specific Ambassador, simply name them in the subject or greeting of your email. 

For more specific questions about the application and admissions process, please contact the admissions staff after reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions.


Natalie Piazza

Natalie Piazza, 3L (Admissions Fellow)

Hometown: Belvedere, California

Undergraduate career:University of Southern California, 2018, B.S. in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Cinematic Arts

NDLS extracurricular activities:Treasurer of the Student Bar Association; Women's Legal Forum; Business Law Forum; Notre Dame Moot Court Board (Oralist); NDLS Alumni Ambassador, Dallas. 

Legal work:Summer Associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Commercial Litigation & Disputes

Future plans and aspirations:I plan to move to Texas after NDLS and pursue a career in litigation at a large firm in Dallas.

Why did you choose NDLS?Coming from an undergraduate institution with a large alumni base, I viewed my law school experience as an opportunity to expand my network. Not only is Notre Dame's law school alumni network unparalleled, but having access to the undergraduate network as well presents endless opportunities for NDLS students. Additionally, because I intended to pursue a legal career outside of my home state, I wanted to attend a law school with a truly national reach, and NDLS has provided that. I was also looking for a law school that provided a collegial and supportive atmosphere, and being situated in South Bend really fosters that sense of community among our students and faculty. Our professors are committed to NDLS students and and helping us navigate the law school experience both academically and professionally. I couldn't be happier to be a Notre Dame law student!


Ben Boris

Ben Boris, 3L

Hometown:West Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate career:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018, B.A. in Political Science

NDLS extracurricular activities: Business Law Forum (Alumni Outreach Coordinator); Alumni Relations (Ambassador)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018, B.A. in Political Science

Legal work:Champaign County Public Defender (Intern); Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division (Judicial Extern)

Future plans and aspirations:I plan to return to Chicago post-graduation to pursue a career in litigation.

Why did you choose NDLS?I grew up in a family full of ND "Subway Alumni," and both my mom and aunt graduated from St. Mary's. So upon beginning the law school search, I was admittedly predisposed to Notre Dame. However, I was ultimately swayed by the welcoming and down-to-earth nature of everyone I met in the law school, and the incredible support of the alumni network. Both of these factors stood out upon my visit and were reaffirmed in my first year as a student.


Natasha Gunasekara

Natasha Gunasekara, 3L

Hometown:Davis, California

Undergraduate career:Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), 2016, B.B.A. in Marketing & Spanish

NDLS extracurricular activities:Business Law Forum Member, Intellectual Property Law Society Member, Los Angeles Alumni Ambassador

Legal work:Judicial Extern for Judge Consuelo Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Future plans and aspirations:I plan to return to Los Angeles and hope to practice transactional law.

Why did you choose NDLS?I chose Notre Dame because it was the school that I felt I would be the happiest at, which has proven itself true time and again. While the volume of work can be challenging, the students and faculty here are kind and supportive individuals. My spiritual and emotional well-being have been well taken care of in this community, which helped me thrive during my first year. I think that is something uniquely Notre Dame. Finally, the alumni network here is truly legendary!


Keith Ongeri

Keith Ongeri, 3L

Hometown:Fishers, Indiana

Undergraduate career:Indiana University-Bloomington, 2018, B.A. in Political Science

NDLS extracurricular activities:Assistant Rector-Alumni Hall, Vice President- Black Law Student Association, Business Law Forum

Legal work:Intern for Coleman Stevenson LLP, an Indianapolis firm that provides representation in the areas of business, land use and real estate, civil litigation, and healthcare law. Congressional Intern for the office of former United States Senator Dan Coats. Summer clerk at Bet Tzedek, one of the premier public interest legal groups in Los Angeles.

Future plans and aspirations:I plan on pursuing a career as an attorney in Los Angeles or Indianapolis, using the knowledge I hope to attain in business law to learn how to help better build communities and businesses through the law.

Why did you choose NDLS?At Notre Dame I felt a true sense of community. You can go to a lot of schools and receive a competitively ranked law degree, but not every school makes you feel home the way Notre Dame does. Notre Dame is also a national school-you can come here and go anywhere. The flexibility and family that Notre Dame provides is the reason I chose Notre Dame.

 


Ben Perry

Ben Perry, 3L

Hometown:Mishawaka, Indiana

Undergraduate career:Grand Valley State University, 2012, B.S. in Film/Video Production

NDLS extracurricular activities:Vice President of Intellectual Property Law Society, Vice President of Married and Engaged Law Society

Legal work: Externship with the chambers of Hon. Michael Gotsch, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, and externship with the University of Notre Dame's General Counsel.

Future plans and aspirations:My interests are in copyright law and the effects that changes in technology and the entertainment industry have on the real world application of the law. I'm pursuing a career path that will allow me to continue to explore this area. I also am interested in bourbon law and labor and employment due to my pre-law-school career.

Why did you choose NDLS? Having grown up in the area, I was already familiar with the University of Notre Dame. But even with that familiarity, I was stunned by the atmosphere that NDLS presented during my visits. I immediately felt like I was at home and that the law school would be an environment that encouraged success and cooperation.


Hannah Walsh

Hannah Walsh, 3L

Hometown:Allen, Texas

Undergraduate career: Texas A&M University, 2018, B.B.A in Business Honors

NDLS extracurricular activities:Assistant Rector in Walsh Hall; Volunteer Lawyer Network; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

Legal work:Judicial intern for Judge Karen Gren Scholer, Northern District of Texas; legal intern for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas; extern for the City of South Bend Legal Department 

Future plans and aspirations:I hope to return to my native Texas and practice in local government, education, or regulatory law.

Why did you choose NDLS?As I went through the hectic admissions process, there were a myriad of reasons why I liked NDLS: I could have classmates from all over the country but still have a path to return home for my career, the professors were brilliant, the opportunities for professional development were plentiful, and I liked the idea of being a part of the broader Notre Dame community. However, my choice to attend NDLS was ultimately a gut decision based on the kind of lawyer and person I wanted to be. I wanted to surround myself with people who not only worked hard to become technically excellent attorneys, but who also cared about their peers and the roles they could play in shaping their communities. I knew that if I wanted to enjoy my time in law school, I would have to go where community was a priority. After my visit, I knew that place was Notre Dame.